- a person who does not accept a particular faith, especially Christianity.
- (in Christian use) an unbeliever, especially a Muslim.
- (in Muslim use) a person who does not accept the Islamic faith; kafir(def 2).
- a person who has no religious faith; unbeliever.
- (loosely) a person who disbelieves or doubts a particular theory, belief, creed, etc.; skeptic.
- not accepting a particular faith, especially Christianity or Islam; heathen.
- without religious faith.
- due to or manifesting unbelief: infidel ideas.
- rejecting the Christian religion while accepting no other; not believing in the Bible or any Christian divine revelation.
- Also in·fi·del·ic [in-fi-del-ik] /ˌɪn fɪˈdɛl ɪk/. of, relating to, or characteristic of unbelievers or infidels.
Origin of infidel
Examples from the Web for infidel
Leaflets were widely distributed during that era saying that facial covering was what separated the Muslim woman from the infidel.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
It is immaterial if the infidel is a combatant or a civilian.The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works
October 19, 2014
Safi makes the same threat toward other villagers and warns them never again to help a wounded “infidel” soldier.The Afghan Village That Saved Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
November 8, 2013
From inside the apartment, he could hear people calling him an infidel and debating whether to kill him on the spot.Activist Arrested Over ‘Innocence’ Allegations
September 15, 2012
I was, of course, a woman; I was an infidel; and I was alone.Top Afghan General: Taliban Defeat Would Take Less Than a Year
July 31, 2012
Already a Christian, could she hope for the success of the infidel?Leila, Complete
His wife could not help the sudden thought, "But if we had had an infidel or agnostic son?"The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Let them boast of their Moorish gallantry and their infidel marriages—a fig for them!Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
It represented the triumph of the Papacy over the infidel of all dates.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
She must have been a bad one like her brother, who was an infidel, they say, and did not know or fear God.The Book of Khalid
- a person who has no religious belief; unbeliever
- rejecting a specific religion, esp Christianity or Islam
- of, characteristic of, or relating to unbelievers or unbelief
Word Origin and History for infidel
mid-15c. (adjective and noun), from Middle French infidèle, from Latin infidelis "unfaithful, not to be trusted," later "unbelieving," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + fidelis "faithful" (see fidelity). In 15c. "a non-Christian" (especially a Saracen); later "one who does not believe in religion" (1520s). Also used to translate Arabic qafir, which is from a root meaning "to disbelieve, to deny," strictly referring to all non-Muslims but virtually synonymous with "Christian;" hence, from a Muslim or Jewish point of view, "a Christian" (1530s; see kaffir).